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    FRIDAY, March 31, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Daily low or moderate alcohol intake is not significantly associated with all-cause mortality risk, but risk increased at higher consumption levels, particularly for women, according to a review published online March 31 in JAMA Network Open.

      FRIDAY, March 31, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Recreational cannabis is associated with an increase in car crash fatalities but a decrease in opioid-related overdose deaths, according to a study published in the March issue of Social Science & Medicine.

        'Harsh' parenting can bring mental health harms to kids. In a new study, yelling and physical punishment were more likely than calm, consistent parenting to lead to emotional issues, researchers found. Read more

          FRIDAY, March 31, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- There is a strong association between the fat mass of mothers and their daughters, according to a study published online March 21 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

            Missouri's Republican attorney general is investigating gender-affirming care provided at Planned Parenthood's St. Louis clinic. The organization revealed the investigation Friday in court documents as part of a lawsuit against the attorney general. The attorney general says Planned Parenthood does not follow standard-care practices for therapy related to gender dysphoria. He wants records on transgender care at the clinic. Planned Parenthood is trying in the lawsuit to block access to those records, dismissing the request as a fishing expedition. Planned Parenthood says the Attorney General has no authority to review the clinic, which is inspected by the state health department.

              An annual report on Social Security and Medicare says the financial safety nets millions of older Americans rely on and millions more young people are counting on will run short on funds to pay full benefits within the next decade. The Social Security and Medicare trustees report says Medicare will be unable to pay full benefits for inpatient hospital visits and nursing home stays by 2031. Friday’s report says Social Security won’t have enough cash on hand to pay out full benefits just two years later. About 65 million older and disabled people are enrolled in both programs. The future of Social Security and Medicare has become a top political talking point.

              Concerned with preventing growing numbers of suicides, the US Navy is planning to make chaplains regular members of the crew on ships with more than 300 sailors, instead of only the largest carriers as in the past. The goal is for chaplains – who are both clergy in different denominations and naval officers – to connect with sailors, believers and non-believers alike, as life coaches. Complete confidentiality protects all their conversations, making them a relief valve for young sailors especially who are struggling with mental health and lack the usual coping mechanisms of online communication while at sea. Depression and anxiety have marked many young adults, especially post-pandemic, but struggles in the military carry unique challenges and security implications.

              Georgia officials have approved the takeover of the Augusta University hospitals associated with the state’s only public medical school. The state Board of Regents on Friday approved agreements to transfer control of the hospitals to Marietta-based Wellstar Health System. The deal may take effect in late summer. The move is one of many hospital mergers in Georgia and nationwide, as standalone hospitals combine into large systems. That helps them afford massive investments but also gives them the power to negotiate more lucrative payment agreements with insurers. Gov. Brian Kemp and University System Chancellor Sonny Perdue pushed hard to conclude the deal, driven by concerns over the financial struggles of the Augusta University Health System.

              FRIDAY, March 31, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Transcatheter arterialization of the deep veins is safe for patients with chronic limb-threatening ischemia and no conventional surgical or endovascular revascularization treatment options, according to a study published online March 29 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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              FRIDAY, March 31, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with chronic pouchitis after undergoing restorative proctocolectomy with ileal pouch-anal anastomosis (IPAA) for ulcerative colitis, treatment with vedolizumab is more effective than placebo for inducing remission, according to a study published in the March 30 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

              FRIDAY, March 31, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- System- and patient-level interventions, including taking a best possible medication history (BPMH) in the emergency department, can reduce medication discrepancy rates, according to a study published online March 22 in BMJ Quality & Safety.

              FRIDAY, March 31, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The opportunistic bacterial pathogen Vibrio vulnificus is projected to expand its current range, and infections may be present in every Eastern U.S. state by 2081 to 2100, according to a study published online March 23 in Scientific Reports.

              FRIDAY, March 31, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- For men with one high-risk factor, initiating post-radical prostatectomy salvage radiation therapy (sRT) when prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels are greater than 0.25 ng/mL is associated with an increased risk for all-cause mortality (ACM), according to a study published online March 1 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

              FRIDAY, March 31, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment with the glutamate modulator, memantine, a drug commonly used to treat Alzheimer disease, results in a significant reduction in hair-pulling and skin-picking symptoms, according to a study published online Feb. 22 in The American Journal of Psychiatry.

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